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Changing brake pads

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by spasur, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. Jan 7, 2010 at 3:06 PM
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    spasur

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    I've got about 119k on the original brake pads and pretty soon I'll destroy my rotors if i don't get them changed. I've never swapped out pads before, but based on a few internet videos I've watched it looks pretty easy.

    Are there any tips/tricks/special tools that will help me get the job done? What tools will I need? Is there a sticky I've overlooked that covers all this stuff? thanks
     
  2. Jan 7, 2010 at 3:08 PM
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    getting there....
    if you are just changing pads.....all you gotta do is remove the clip and pull the 2 pins out. i would suggest taking the rotors off and getting them turned,so that the pads will wear even.
     
  3. Jan 7, 2010 at 3:12 PM
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    getting there....
    then pull the pads out and change them. taking the rotor off.....gotta revove the 2 caliper bolts and pull the caliper outta the way.
     
  4. Jan 7, 2010 at 4:54 PM
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    OR, after you have the caliper loose and are about to take it off, pry it so that the caliper piston retracts back into the caliper....like use the rotor to press on the pads to open up the gap between the pads......am I explaining it properly? Does that make sense?
     
  8. Jan 8, 2010 at 7:20 AM
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    spasur,

    If those "caliper/pad". pins are original ,buy new ones.....;)..
    You can save the old ones for spares IF they come out straight ( mine did not :rolleyes: )
    I would take the rotors off and have them "Mic'd",if they still have enough "Meat",turn them..if not upgrade to a new set....PLEASE do not make this decision solely on price....the 1st set lasted how long?;)

    When reassembling REMEMBER to lube those slides ( where the caliper moves ) install the rattle plates on the pads and apply the anti squeal "Lube" or spray......bolt it back up and recheck EVERYTHING ....Then bolt those wheels on and "Drive it".....oops,:D:D 1st and "ad" another step to your "Toyota can-do" list.....

    S
     
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  11. Jan 8, 2010 at 10:35 PM
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    Sort of a noobish question, but those two bolts that are holding the pads in, how many ft lbs is the torque spec? Mine are in pretty tight and I was wondering if they are even screwed in. I cheated when I replaced mine and took the whole caliper off and I slipped the pads off from the inside. I know your supposed to clean the hardware but did not have the time to do it properly.
     
  12. Jan 9, 2010 at 4:24 PM
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    Thanks for the tips, I'll pick up some new pins this week.

    I don't have any C-clamps, but I've got some channel locks and stuff to pry with, so it sounds like I'll be ok...

    Snoope, you're probably right...so I decided to order some new powerslot rotors from the groupbuy. At that price I really couldn't resist it for a bunch of reasons...

    1. I'll have all new (or mostly new) brake hardware
    2. I won't have to track down a shop that's open on saturday
    3. If the old rotors are out of spec, I'd have to buy new ones anyway, at least these are nice rotors and not cheaper ones from autozone, at about the same price
    4. I won't have to leave my truck up on jackstands in the street for half a day, yuk
    5. I will know my brakes won't need any servicing for another ~120k
    6. Because the pads I've got are already darn close to wasting the rotors, I won't have to worry about going beyond the point of no return
    7. Apparently I like to make lists...

    One more question...if I'm replacing my rotors, should I just swap out the pads before I take off the caliper, or should I do it while the caliper is off?

    Thanks again everybody!
     
  13. Jan 9, 2010 at 11:24 PM
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    I think it would be best to swap your pads first, so that you dont scratch or damge your new Rotors. then take the caliper off, to swap rotors.
     
  14. Jan 19, 2010 at 2:09 PM
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